March 19th, 2013 |
Did you catch the gorgeous decor details this morning from this mint and peach baby shower feature today? Designed by event stylist, Lauren Stewart, we were thrilled to create all of the custom paper goods for this event. In this post, you will see all of the darling baby shower games and activities that Lauren’s co-hosts planned.
There was a table set up with apothecary jars full of baby items: clothespins, safety pins, and buttons that people had to estimate how many items were in the jars.
Custom Baby Bingo Cards and a Mama & Baby Animal matching games were created by WH Hostess.
Head back later today for all of the sweet details from the gorgeous dessert table, featuring desserts from Sweet & Saucy Shop.
Event Design & Coordination: lauren stewart designs + events | Photography: Natalie Moser Photography | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods & Peach Chevron Fabric: WH Hostess | Floral Design: Kate of Floret Cadet | Milk Glass & Clear Glass Vases: Silk Creek Gallery, 22 Bay Road, & Thread and Brush Studio
March 19th, 2013 |
I am thrilled to be sharing this party with you today! Last year, I was asked to design a full custom collection of party goods for a baby shower being thrown for event planner, Lauren Stewart. When approached by her friends about throwing a baby shower for her baby girl, Lauren couldn’t help but want to help with the planning! Inspired by the peach and mint green colors she was using in her baby’s nursery, she fell in love with the idea of incorporating some sparkle when she spotted the chevron and nude sequined linens available at La Tavola.
There are so many stunning details to this event, I am going to separate it into three different posts, launching throughout the day, so please check back often for more details (decor, activities and the dessert table).
The shower was held at a private residence in Pacific Palisades, California. Guests arrived to the home and immediately walked out onto a stone courtyard where the mimosa bar and drinks were set up. We designed a custom due date calendar that guests were asked to take their best guess on as to when the baby would be born. (a concept that I also did for my sister’s baby shower in January!)
Elegant drink dispensers were labeled with coordinating signage, giving guests a peek of what was to come. Champagne glasses held perfect, peach and white striped straws and gorgeous floral arrangements from Kate at Floret Cadet were placed all around the event.
As I mentioned earlier, Lauren was inspired by the gorgeous sequin tablecloths available at La Tavola. She used the peach/copper solid tablecloths as well as the nude and ivory chevron ones on the luncheon tables. We created peach chevron pennant banners that hung throughout the event, as well.
After the cocktail hour, guests entered the yard where they were greeted with a breath-taking view of the ocean, three sparkling tables under big white umbrellas, and a few activity stations set up for the guests amusement. (more on the activities later today!)
The luncheon tables were dressed with sequin chevron tablecloths and runners, sparkling stemware, and our coordinating menu cards in the coordinating mint and peach color palette. Notice how the sequin chevron tablecloth was only used on the center table, while the two outer tables were dressed in a peach satin, topped with the runner version of the sequin chevron tablecloth….gorgeous, right?! I love the big, white umbrellas, and I am sure guests were appreciative of the shade they provided during lunch.
The tables held a few different floral centerpieces in white milk glass vases, in shades of peach and white. Each one is more stunning than the next.
We created a custom “Mama-to-be” sign in the party’s signature peach chevron to embellish Lauren’s chair. This is a simple decor idea that we do for a lot of baby showers. It’s a great way to identify the guest-of-honor’s place, as well as add a touch of pattern or nod to the theme to the basic chairs.
This is just the beginning of the gorgeous details we have to share with you today. Head back later for details on the baby shower activities and games, as well as the sparkling dessert table!
Event Design & Coordination: lauren stewart designs + events | Photography: Natalie Moser Photography | Linens: La Tavola Linen | Paper Goods & Peach Chevron Fabric: WH Hostess | Floral Design: Kate of Floret Cadet | Calligraphy: Calligraphy Katrina • Maison du Papier | Peach Paper Straws: Mylk & Honey | Milk Glass & Clear Glass Vases: Silk Creek Gallery, 22 Bay Road, & Thread and Brush Studio | White and Gold Trays at Mimosa Bar: West Elm
March 18th, 2013 |
When it comes to stationery and party invitations, we are always looking for ways to further customize your invitations. Our colorful invitations can now be accessorized with full-color printed envelopes. It takes adding a return address to a whole new level. Each theme has a coordinating design that compliments the invitation, impressing your guests from the moment they receive the envelope in the mail.
We have so many darling new party collections to introduce you to this Spring, and you can see peeks of them in some of these images. Such as the new picnic collection photographed above. Cute color ways for both boys and girls!
Or this adorable “little man” mustache bash party collection, which is now actually listed in the shop!
It’s ideal for making a sophisticated statement for bridal showers, special birthday parties or a religious ceremony. This aqua mod damask is one of our most popular invitations and we love the striped envelope design that compliments it.
And if you are a preppy girl at heart, like I am, you will LOVE the monogram option….available in multiple color options, these monogramed envelopes are perfect for any invitation or note.
We also have the capabilities to address your envelopes for you, carrying your party theme full circle and making a perfect statement. For custom addressing, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can view all of the envelope options in the shop, listed with the invitations.
What do you think of our new printing options?
February 19th, 2013 |
The Oscars are one of the most anticipated nights of the year in my family….well, at least for my mother, sister and I. The men can be found running to the hills trying to escape the red carpet gossip. Ever since I was a little girl, we would all gather around the TV and watch the red carpet from start to finish, as well as the awards show itself. Between us friends, it is not unusual for my sister to put on an evening gown for the occasion (with her slippers)!
If you are like us, half the fun is betting on who will take home the statue. There are so many darling free printables out there for you to download. You can find many of them (along with more Oscar party ideas) on my Pinterest board. I just love this ballot that One Charming Party designed.
We keep it simple – carryout is typically involved so no one misses a second of the show. But it is fun to dress up our cocktails with some festive straws. I love how the Glitter Guide embellished these charming polka dot ones with gold tinsel. I may serve up some theme-appropriate desserts as well. I love these ideas from Amy Atlas: star shaped brownies or cookies, cupcakes topped with licorice rolls to look like film wheels. Or perhaps I will serve popcorn in these charming paper cones from Birds Party:
How do you celebrate/entertain/watch the Oscars?
February 1st, 2013 |
I often get asked where I find inspiration for party ideas. Like, daily. Truth is, there is no rhyme or reason as to what inspires me. It could be a book, a gorgeous party dress, or a color palette. Today, it’s this picture of a fresh, updated interior. I absolutely LOVE the clean lines, the black, white and grass green color palette, the brass accent, the geometric pattern, the gorgeous boxwood. It’s the perfect inspiration for a dinner party!
When I start to plan a party, the first thing I do is gather my resources to plan my decor or tablesetting. Here’s what I came up with for this Mod Boxwood Dinner Party:
Every hostess needs a pretty party dress! This bold check dress from Kate Spade is perfect for this event. Classic, yet updated…just like my inspiration. The table will be grounded with my black and white Union Street china from Kate Spade, but instead of pairing it with my crystal stemware, I am going to dress it down a bit with these squared-off wine glasses and silverware from Crate & Barrel. Using a white tablecloth as the base for my table, I am going to use these bold chevron napkins to add a pop of pattern to the table. The brushed metal tile napkin rings from Kim Seybert add my touch of brass (inspiration was the brass door pull in the picture above!). A few varying sizes of boxwood balls in basic white pots will serve as my centerpiece, with a few votive candles scattered around them. And for dessert….well, we’ll talk food later. But it will definitely be served on my favorite cake stand, with a black polka dot Cake Plate Cling.
Stay tuned for my ideas for food & drinks!
Image: inspiration shot / 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5 / 6 / 7 / 8
January 30th, 2013 |
While scouring the web for inspiration for my sister’s recent baby shower, I slowly became obsessed with sequin linens. An emerging trend in the events industry, we’re seeing them used for weddings, dessert tables and in my case, for showers. Done in neutral colors, they are extremely sophisticated and add a touch of luxe glamour to any event.
A monochromatic combination of ivories looks modern with the addition of sequins. It adds texture and depth, and the sequins will reflect the light beautifully. It’s a fabulous update to a solid linen tablecloth for dessert tables, adding a touch of sparkle under your serving pieces.
You can do an all-over tablecloth, or add just a touch of sparkle with a table runner. In addition to the neutral metallics such as gold and silver, I am absolutely IN LOVE with the sequin chevron tablecloth from La Tavola. As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the perfect “statement piece” for the dessert table I was planning for my sister’s baby shower.
I can’t WAIT until I can show you more pictures from this event. But for now….what do you think of the sequin linens? Have you used them at an event before?
Images via 1 / 2 / 3 / 4 / 5
January 29th, 2013 |
Those readers that follow along on facebook and instagram know that I hosted a baby shower (along with my mother) for my sister this past weekend. We had SO much fun putting together a gender-neutral celebration, since the sex of the baby is still a surprise. I didn’t want to use the traditional blue and pink color palette and my sister is not a fan of yellow. We went with a coral and aqua blue color palette, with touches of nude, gold and silver.
I unfortunately can’t show you all of the details (even though I am just DYING to), because this shower and all of the creative DIY ideas will be featured in my book (launching this Fall)! So I’ll have to keep you guessing for a while, but for now, here are two ideas that you can recreate for your next party:
To create a focal point behind where the mama-to-be was opening her presents, I decorated the fireplace mantel with fresh flowers, custom posters that I designed to coordinate with the baby shower invitation and a garland of baby onesies. Instead of using twine or actual green garland, I very quickly braided three colors of satin ribbon together. I loved the pop of color it added to the white fireplace and was so lightweight and easy to hang. I will definitely be repeating this for future parties!
The tables were very fresh and held simple decor. I’m pretty obsessed with gorgeous flowers (you will ALWAYS find fresh flowers in my house, especially during the blah winter months) so it was a given that the tables had to hold a simply stunning arrangement. I wanted to add a pop of color to my basic bubble vases, but didn’t want any permanent changes made since I reuse these vases all of the time. I came up with a very simple solution: glue dots and glitter.
This was such a simple project and added a sweet touch to the table. After a quick trip to Michael’s craft store, I had removable glue dots and gorgeous colors of shimmer glitter from Martha Stewart’s craft line, and about 30 minutes to decorate 3 big vases. I placed the glitter into a shallow bowl, and then just rolled a strip of the removable glue dots thru it. They were easy to peel off the paper strip and attach to the vase. The great thing about this project is that you could adjust it to any color palette and could even create patterns with the polka dots. The dots are simple to peel off (thank god for the “removable” glue dots) so my vases were unharmed and ready for the next event. It truly was as simple as that!
January 24th, 2013 |
The very cold temps here in Chicago this week have ensured that I have been hibernating inside and catching up on design work and also prepping all of the decorations for our “Baby Chic” Baby Shower photo shoot (Friday) and baby shower (Sunday) for my sister! If you follow me on Instagram, you have probably seen some of these. But here are a few images of the prep work, and even with the horrible lighting, you can get an idea of the aqua/coral/silver/nude color palette we are using (gender-neutral) and some of the decor elements.
What do you think?!
January 14th, 2013 |
Valentine’s Day is exactly one month from today…..it’s time to start planning your parties, classroom treats and sweet ideas for loved ones. It’s the perfect opportunity to show your family a little extra love in the sweets department. Dessert tables have been trending for some time now and are a staple at most parties. But you don’t need to be serving a crowd of 30 to pull off a stylized table. Even if you are hosting a small party of 5, you can organize your sweets in a stylized, festive way….making your day seem that much sweeter.
I love the color red, so there is never a doubt that it will be the center of any of my Valentine’s Day parties. This year, I decided to update it with some bold black and white patterns: a chevron, a clover and some crisp stripes. To throw in a pop of color, I created modern conversation hearts in bright, pop colors with some contemporary sayings like “call me, maybe” and “text me”. You can download these for FREE and make cupcake toppers or string them into a banner.
For this simple dessert table, I topped a crisp white table-cloth with a striped, square topper. The centerpiece was created by stacking cake stands and a footed candy dish together to create a tower that anchored the big, 36” balloon from Shop Sweet Lulu. The cake stands were covered with patterned Cake Plate Clings and held both cupcakes and candy. Red pots were full of tiny, pearlized candy balls, and held chevron cake pops from Sweet Lauren Cakes and darling heart lollipops from Candywarehouse.com.
Small, 6” cake stands held jars of red gumballs, chocolate covered oreos topped with big red and pink hearts, and conversation heart cookies from Firefly Confections. Jumbo marshmallows were dipped in red chocolate and sat in striped cupcake liners. They held our darling modern conversation heart cupcake toppers. Old-fashioned candy sticks in a crisp black and white stripe fit into our theme perfectly.
I think this table is a perfect example of creating something special for a small group, so it’s perfect for a family dinner or kids’ playdate for Valentine’s Day.
To download the free conversation heart printables, and for more Valentine’s Day party ideas, please click on the image below.
December 28th, 2012 |
Good Morning, Everyone! Although we are still technically on a little holiday break, I wanted to pop in to say hello and show you all a peek into my Christmas Eve party. We hosted my extended family of thirteen for dinner and as always, I had fun setting the table!
My Kate Spade china gets used less frequently than I prefer, so I knew that I wanted to design the table around it. I took inspiration from the tablesetting I did for last year’s holiday magazine, as well as incorporated a few new ideas.
Since my china is black and white, I wanted to introduce a pop color in the tablecloth. Green is my signature color, and with Pantone naming it theirs for 2013, I figured it was perfect. I had a hard time locating a tablecloth in the exact emerald green I wanted, so I had one made. It actually ended up being a very cost effective idea – I found both 60″ and 120″ width fabric on fabricdirect.com in my desired color – so I was able to make one tablecloth to cover my very long, extended (via card tables) table. I had a local seamstress hem it for me, and add a black and white gingham stripe ribbon trim.
I decided to forgo traditional floral centerpieces this year, and go for something a touch more modern. I wasn’t sure what that was until about the 22nd, but I found these darling white trees at Z Gallerie (and they were 50% off at that point!) and knew they would be perfect. I jazzed them up a bit with black and white stripe grosgrain ribbon at the bases, as well as added it to the base of black candles. To add a touch of glam, I placed silver ball candles from Crate and Barrel on my polka dot tibit plates from Kate Spade as part of the centerpiece.
Instead of traditional placecards, this year I decided to have a little fun with my guests’ monograms. I had a red monogram ornament from WH Hostess made up for everyone, and tied it along with a silver jingle bell to their napkin. (and yes, if you look closely, you can see me photographing the table in the reflection on the bell!) The napkins were made from our black berries custom fabric. It’s a pattern that I have always loved and was able to also carry over into Cake Plate Clings for the event too.
I hope you enjoyed a peek into my holiday party….I wish their were more pictures, but once I started cooking I got too busy to take any more!